Sixth graders learn how to prevent diabetes

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/12/17) Flint sixth graders are learning how to help fellow students and loved ones get healthier.

They were studying Type II diabetes as part of a new science curriculum. With the help of some professors from Michigan State University, they learned the importance of exercise and nutrition.

Much of science is collecting data then charting and graphing the results. That's what these students have been doing for the past several weeks.

The kids were given the assignment of finding ways to improve their school or neighborhood with a goal of helping to prevent or reduce diabetes. Some interesting discoveries were made.

"We discovered that 55.45% of our students in Freeman don't want to walk because of stranger danger," said Timari Brown.

They concluded they could counter the lack of walking by watching less TV and video games and playing more outside.

"When I get home I'm going to try to clean up the park, do stuff like that so more people get exercise," said Tracy Walker.

Eating healthier was important too.

"If you eat more processed food you're more likely to get diabetes," said Sadion Bady.

The students were given GPS devices to track their activities and show how far they walked every day. They were also told to imagine things they could do to their neighborhoods that would make it better for walkers and bicyclists.

"If you ask any kid to draw their ideal neighborhood it's parks, it's slow streets. it's sidewalks. It's people out, walking to the store," said Rick Sadler of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

Not only did the kids learn how science can be applied to everyday life, they learned some important information that can improve their health and the health of loved ones.

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